Japan is currently experiencing a record number of cases, with 23,000 in a single day on August 18. This has prompted the government to expand its state of emergency to seven more prefectures.
Tokyo and some surrounding prefectures have been under a state of emergency since the beginning of 2021.
While the numbers are high, it should not overshadow the progress the country is making toward getting people vaccinated.
Japan has administered the first shot to 50% of its total population and is on target to have all willing residents completely vaccinated by October of 2021.
This makes us feel very optimistic about tours resuming in the spring of 2022.
Hopefully, once Japan has more of its population vaccinated and starts to see their numbers go down, they will put a plan together for re-opening their borders to ready and willing tourists.